Tag: Victorian Crime

  • THE COB CASTLE MURDER (1907) | Haslingden

    THE COB CASTLE MURDER (1907) | Haslingden

    On Monday, 11th March 1907, Thomas Dennison was brought before the magistrates at Haslingden after having been charged on suspicion of murdering his wife, Margaret Dennison at some point during the evening of Saturday, 9th March. Standing before the bench and facing Alderman Hamilton (Chairman) as well as Messrs. Holt,…

  • THE SAD TALE OF MILES WEATHERHILL | Todmorden

    THE SAD TALE OF MILES WEATHERHILL | Todmorden

    The story begins during 1866 when a young Miles Weatherhill, a weaver who lived with his mother and sister on Back Brook Street, Todmorden, fell in love with Sarah Bell, a cook working for the Reverend Anthony John Plow at the local vicarage. A self-educated, well groomed, smart looking man,…

  • THE TRAGIC TALE OF EMILY HOLLAND (1876) | Blackburn

    THE TRAGIC TALE OF EMILY HOLLAND (1876) | Blackburn

    *This article has been updated and re-uploaded. It was originally added to our site on the 25th July 2020 and was the very first episode to have appeared here. In today’s story, we are traveling back to Tuesday, the 20th of March, 1876, until the industrial town of Blackburn in…

  • BUTCHERING A PARAMOUR (1893) | Burnley

    BUTCHERING A PARAMOUR (1893) | Burnley

    It’s true to say that the North West of England and Lancashire in particular has had its fair share when it comes to days of horror. From murderous wives to the slaughtering of innocent children – Lancashire has definitely seen some of the worst atrocities inflicted upon men, women and…

  • THE OAKENHEAD WOOD TRAGEDY (1853) | Haslingden

    THE OAKENHEAD WOOD TRAGEDY (1853) | Haslingden

    On the afternoon of Monday, 12th September 1853, Jane Collinge made her way to the home of 31 year old Elizabeth Cunliffe, her step-daughter, fearing that something terrible may have happened since they last spoke the previous day. Elizabeth had suffered from severe depression since the birth of her daughter…

  • A WATCH AGAINST A LIFE (1902) | Haslingden

    A WATCH AGAINST A LIFE (1902) | Haslingden

    Children appearing in youth or crown courts in Wales and England cannot be named if they are under the age of 18, apart from exceptional circumstances as the European Convention on Human Rights says that all children have a right to privacy and a family life – which basically means…

  • THE WILKINSON STREET MURDER (1880) | Haslingden

    THE WILKINSON STREET MURDER (1880) | Haslingden

    Many times we hear of serious crimes taking place in areas which are never close to home and we always think to ourselves it would never happen where you live, and yet crimes, and especially murders may well have happened closer than you realize – sometimes you just have to…

  • THE MANCHESTER RIPPER (1905) | Manchester

    THE MANCHESTER RIPPER (1905) | Manchester

    On the afternoon of April 11th, 1905, roughly around 3.00pm – a rag and bone man by the name of David Shields was going around searching for unwanted items of rags and other wares he could go on to sell, when, after making his way along the backs of Hoyle…

  • A GRAVE IN THE COTTAGE (1892) | Oldham

    A GRAVE IN THE COTTAGE (1892) | Oldham

    Today we are travelling into the large town of Oldham which is situated in the North West of England and roughly 7 miles east of Manchester. Historically speaking, Oldham became a boomtown during the early days of the Industrial Revolution and was indeed one of the first ever industrialised towns…

  • A GRAVE IN THE COTTAGE (1892) | True Crime – S1 Ep8

    A GRAVE IN THE COTTAGE (1892) | True Crime – S1 Ep8

    Today we are travelling into the large town of Oldham which is situated in the North West of England and roughly 7 miles east of Manchester. Historically speaking, Oldham became a boomtown during the early days of the Industrial Revolution and was indeed one of the first ever industrialised towns…

  • BUTCHERING A PARAMOUR (1893) | True Crime – S1 E7

    BUTCHERING A PARAMOUR (1893) | True Crime – S1 E7

    It’s true to say that the North West of England and Lancashire in particular has had its fair share when it comes to days of horror. From murderous wives to the slaughtering of innocent children – Lancashire has definitely seen some of the worst atrocities inflicted upon men, women and…

  • THE TRAGIC CASE OF ELLEN DOWDLE (1899) | Whitworth

    THE TRAGIC CASE OF ELLEN DOWDLE (1899) | Whitworth

    Domestic abuse or “wife beating” was a prominent occurrence in Victorian England with many victims having to put up with abuse on a daily basis. It was socially acceptable for that period and was seen by many as nothing more than a lower class issue. It’s been written in many…